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Published: 12:22 | 14/5/16

Henderson targets Europa final return

Liverpool skipper nearing full fitness

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is nearing a return to full fitness and admits he is desperate to feature in the Europa League final against Sevilla next week.

The England midfielder damaged knee ligaments in the quarter-final first-leg draw against Borussia Dortmund in Germany at the beginning of April which appeared to have ended his season and put his participation in the Euro 2016 finals in doubt.

Initial assessments suggested the former Sunderland playmaker would be out for a minimum of six to eight weeks, but he returned to full training last week and is still hopeful of making manager Jurgen Klopp's squad for the final in Basel next Wednesday.

"Every player wants to play in a European cup final. I'm no different," he said.

"I'm desperate to be involved but at the same time I need to make sure I'm ready.

"I've worked hard. I've done everything I've been asked to do.

"The medical team have been fantastic to get me back as quickly and as safely as possible.

"There were doubts (about making the final). We knew it would be close but in the last week or two I've progressed really well.

"I'm feeling stronger all the time. I'm looking good so far but there are still a few days to go.

"Hopefully I will be even stronger by the time the final comes round.

"I know I've got a big tournament around the corner but my focus is solely on the cup final and if I can get ready for that it will be massive for me.

"We will have to wait and see. I think I've got a good chance of being available for the final."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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